West Virginia has become the latest state to pass pro-life legislation protecting babies who are born alive after failed abortions. The measure closely mirrors the Born-Alive Survivors Protection Act, which failed to advance in the U.S. Senate last week after 41 Democrats blocked the vote.
Under House Bill 4007, medical practitioners are required to use the “same degree of reasonable medical judgment to preserve the life of a fetus which is born alive as would be used in a live non-abortion birth of the same gestational age,” the bill reads. Medical professionals who fail to do so are subject to discipline from their licensing board.
The state’s Republican governor, Jim Justice (shown), signed the bill into law on Monday.
“I truly believe that every human life, born or unborn, is a gift from God. It was a no-brainer for me to sign the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act today. This new law will protect babies who survive an attempted abortion procedure,” Governor Justice tweeted after signing the law.
The bill had overwhelming bipartisan support in West Virginia’s House of Delegates, where it passed 93-5, as well as the Senate, where it passed 32-0.